We are working every day to make our world a better place. Interested in joining us or have any questions? Contact Amy Allon, [email protected]
UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS:
ONE DAY. A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE.
Temple Emanu-El invites you to spend the day with us at various organizations around Birmingham giving the greatest gift of time and energy to the community. This is an all-ages event that allows you to work alongside friends and family, and even make new friends through these meaningful projects.
Projects will be announced soon!
Are you interested in leading a project? Contact David Askenazi at [email protected] by March 14.
Special thanks to the Hermione & Edward Friend Community Fund of the Grafman Endowment Fund for providing the materials to make this year’s Mitzvah Day possible.
Temple Emanu-El Clothing Bank
For small agencies that work with people in need, donated clothing can present both benefits and problems. The Temple Emanu-El Clothing Bank seeks to ease that problem by receiving, processing, pre-sorting and distributing items in good condition. Agencies can contact us to “order” the clothing and household items they really need, instead of spending time and space sorting through big black garbage bags of random stuff. We are also currently providing large donations to agencies such as Greater Birmingham Ministries.
We gratefully accept all donations of clothes, shoes, and household linens for all sizes and genders. Because much of what we collect goes to homeless men, we always need more men’s jeans, casual pants, knit shirts, sweats, shoes, and socks. Everyone wants socks!
Receipts are available at the reception desk.
If you know of an agency that might benefit from our service, please refer them to Janice Ford-Freeman at [email protected].
Our Family Promise families are coming in April, during Passover.
Passover, more than any other holiday on the Jewish calendar, requires us to empathize with the stranger in our midst as we recall our own people’s journey. We join together at the Seder to remember slavery in Egypt and recall what it was like to be a people wandering alone, with no one to come to our aid, without knowing where to turn. The story tells us we were strangers. And we can never forget what it was like to be strangers in a strange land.
Thousands of years later, we Jews never fully managed to shake the notion of being the stranger. We have never been totally accepted. Certainly, there are places in this world where we never will be. This is why we, of all of the faiths of the world, will always support the wanderers, the people cast aside and left alone with seemingly nowhere to turn.
Won’t you help the stranger by helping feed or assist in housing (by staying the night at Temple Emanu-El) the few homeless families from Family Promise this Passover? Commitments to help can be a couple of hours or overnight. This rotation is from April 12-19, 2020.
Family Promise of Birmingham
Family Promise of Birmingham (FPOB), founded in 1998 as the Birmingham Hospitality Network, is a network of 15 diverse faith organizations working together to provide safe, home-like lodging where homeless families can stay together while working to regain their independence.
There are a few local organizations that help homeless people, and FPOB is a drug-free organization that services a very small group of women and children (or small family units, including the father). On any given day, more than half the guests served by FPOB are children. We are happy to say that approximately 90% of the participants end up in permanent housing after their time with us.
Family Promise @ Temple Emanu-El
Temple Emanu-El, in conjunction with Temple Beth-El, has been successfully hosting Family Promise families for over 20 years! We are proud to say that we are a founding member of the Birmingham program. We host 3 to 4 times per year for 7 days at a time – Sunday to Sunday.
Our next time to host is between April 12-19. You can help Temple Emanu-El and Temple Beth-El help these families by volunteering to help set up/tear down, bring dinner, or to stay the night during this time.
Future 2020 Family Promise Weeks @ Temple Emanu-El begins on July 19 and October 25.
How YOU can help:
As many of you know, we have been hosting Family Promise families at Temple Emanu-El, with Temple Beth-El’s support, for 22 years. Because of the current health crisis, Temple Emanu-El has decided to follow the example of the congregations that are hosting before us and NOT host the family in our congregation this rotation. The family will instead be “hosted” in an extended stay hotel and the price for the week is $800.
UPDATE: We have reached our goal of $800 for their hotel stay thanks to your generosity! Any additional funds received will go towards other needs for the family, such as meals, laundry soap and quarters, gas, first aid items, etc.
To request more information or to be put on the list for future Family Promise volunteer opportunities, contact [email protected]